A Soil Story: A Photographic Atlas of Our Natural Resources by Ruby Merritt

Sat 6 Aug – Fri 7 Oct
All day

The CEPA gallery presents the work of Ruby Merritt (from August 6 to October 7 with a vernissage on Saturday 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) investigating the relationship between soil and climate with an immersive spectacle of the microscopic world photographed from our soils, forests, and compost heaps. Merritt is the selected recipient of the Global Warming Art Project by Ben Perrone and donors to the Environment Maze Project. Facilitated by Art Services1, of Buffalo, NY.

The exhibition reveals the world of art and science by emphasizing environmental awareness for our fertile soils alongside the art on display. Come explore a visual renewal of our soil’s relationship with the climate. Discover hundreds of hand-altered photo collages of lush subterranean soils and ecosystems. Revealing the world of the invisible but on a scale that engulfs you.

Often, fertile soil is overlooked as a natural resource. Merritt’s studio time preparing for this exhibit was spent capturing investigations behind the microscope. Merritt’s lab-like facilities, brimming with natural history thrills, have been cultivated to explore and encourage art as a tool for teaching science.

Merritt’s exhibit focuses on the relationship between soil and climate change and offers ways to engage the local community in urban farms and encourages home composting to help rebuild green around their neighborhood and from their backyards.

The exhibition will offer walks in the gallery (artist talks) dealing with the state of the soil and its relationship with the climate. Virtual gallery tours and CEPA on screen Happy Hour with local guests specializing in environmental topics. Lessons and professionally developed art workshops will be delivered by Merritt, allowing attendees to take home what they do while learning about an often overlooked natural resource. Projects are suitable for all ages and include creating your own underground collages, vegetable waste mono print gift cards, cameras made from recycled seed paper, stitch and glue photo albums and collaborations interactive exteriors at Silo City.

Dates for workshops, events and virtual events will soon follow the general announcement and will be available on cepagallery.org shortly.

Photo credit* by David Moog, courtesy of Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Michael E. Marquez